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Join Forces with Illinois Campus Compact & be a Part of a National Storytelling Movement

Illinois Campus Compact is excited to announce a new partnership with The Facing Project, a nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. The Facing Project was co-founded by Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director, J.R. Jamison, along with New York Times bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman.

The Facing Project works with campuses and communities to organize and share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers and actors. Writers are matched with community members facing the selected topic (depression, hunger, homelessness, disabilities, etc), meet with them face-to-face, and capture their stories in the first-person. The stories are compiled into a book and brought to life on stage through a community theatre event.
Since its founding in 2012, The Facing Project has worked with 30 communities/campuses in eight states and two countries and has been hailed by The Huffington Post as one of three oral history projects to watch.
As a member campus of Illinois Campus Compact, you have the opportunity to win a Facing Project for your campus/community. Together, Illinois Campus Compact and The Facing Project will select up to five campuses to receive:

  • The Facing Project Toolkit – The Toolkit is a guide to help campuses/communities plan and launch their Facing Project from A to Z. The 70+ page Toolkit consists of examples, worksheets, checklists, consent forms, recruitment flyers, and other templates.
  • Web Hosting – Each campus/community receives their own website, with their own unique URL, through The Facing Project that tells their community’s story and connects them to other campuses/communities around the world doing Facing Projects. The Facing Project will host this website for one year.
  • Web Site Training – Training on how to access the site and upload content.
  • Writer Training – Facing Project staff train all project writers.
  • Connectors – Each campus/community is assigned a Facing Project expert who walks organizers through the Toolkit, is available for questions/brainstorming, and is their liaison with the Facing Project HQ throughout the project development.
  • Editors – Each campus/community is assigned a Facing HQ editing team who reviews each project’s stories and provides feedback.

This $1,500 value is yours for FREE if your campus is one of the five selected!
Here’s how to enter:

Please submit a one-page abstract to by Friday, July 8th, using the following outline as your guide:

  1. Why is your campus/community interested in The Facing Project?
  2. What topic does your campus/community plan to face? (ex: Facing Homelessness, Facing
  3. Depression, etc.)
  4. Who will be a partner with your campus on the project? (ex: nonprofits, Mayor’s councils, etc.) 
  5. Who will be internal partners on the project? (ex: campus clubs, departments/courses, etc.)
  6. How do you envision Illinois Campus Compact being involved in your project?
  7. What will be the timeline for your project?
  8. How do you plan to use the stories to create community conversations beyond the book launch? 

To learn more about The Facing Project and to get ideas for your abstract, visit
Please note, your abstract is only a pitch and does not need to be fully fleshed out. We are looking for good ideas and know that your project planning will come together after you are awarded your Facing Project.